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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tea at the Goulds

There's a small University in Lakewood, NJ called Georgian Court. This school was build on the grounds of the Jay Gould family estate called Georgian Court. Jay Gould was a railroad tycoon. The estate was sold to the Sisters of Mercy on the condition that the name stay the same.
There's a good mix of architecture on the grounds, the original mansion, some more modern buildings and a beautiful garden with many statues.

Last Sunday a group of us went to a Tea at the school. The premise is that we are all guests of Mrs. Gould and we meet her, her maid and a special guest. At Christmas we had tea with Mrs. Gould and her sister. This past Sunday, the guest was Cole Porter.

He and Mrs. Gould gave us some of his background and of course they sang some of his songs. There were so many - "Night and Day", "It's DeLovely", "Anything Goes", "I Get a Kick Out of You" and others that I can't remember. The actors stay in character through the whole afternoon, they even stop at each table and visit with us.

Of course, the tea itself was wonderul. We had cucumber sandwiches (which are really quite good), chicken salad sandwiches, tuna sandwiches and of course dessert - an assortment of Italian pastries.

I always enjoy going to tea, and having a show like this made the day more enjoyable.

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